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The Child Inside

The Child Inside [Kindle Edition]

Suzanne Bugler
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A dark but deftly written novel about modern family life --Marie Claire

This novel had me so engrossed I read it in three days --Essentials

Dark and unsettling, but compulsive --Choice


'A dark but deftly written novel about modern family life' Marie Claire. 'This novel had me so engrossed I read it in three days' Essentials. 'Dark and unsettling, but compulsive' Choice.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 666 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (5 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330510916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330510912
  • ASIN: B005I3P90A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,046 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Hers is the ghost that will not let me go.' 4 Jan 2012
The previous novel by this author, 'This Perfect World', was a gripping emotional read, and deservedly went on to become a Richard and Judy Book Club selection, thereby also garnering a much wider readership. With this novel, the author has again chosen a very emotional storyline. Rachel is devastated to have lost her baby daughter seven months into her pregnancy. Unsurprisingly she is haunted and tormented by the loss of her baby girl, `hers is the ghost that will not let me go' she says. Her relationship with her teenage son, Jono, is strained at best, and she feels distanced from her husband Andrew. They have put their son in a private school, and Rachel feels she has no real friends amongst the mothers there, further alienating her. Her isolation is mirrored by Jono, himself isolated amongst his richer school friends, and this becomes another thing that eats away at Rachel; `We shoved him among them, and now I can only watch as I see him measuring himself against them, and falling short.'

Rachel begins to think back to a friend, Vanessa, `a friend by association' really, who she had and lost during her teenage years. A chance encounter one day brings the events from that time back to the forefront of her thoughts, and she knowingly becomes obsessed. She actively seeks out the Vanessa's brother, and a clandestine affair begins. What results will cause her further torment.

This is a dark, compulsive, well-written tale, with a chilling portrait of this desperate, lonely, obsessed mother who feels trapped in domestic life. She feels invisible, like she doesn't matter. `I am just a middle-aged woman out of nowhere. I am what you become when you disappear.' I felt sympathy for Rachel, but also a bit of irritation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Morbid Lead Character 14 Nov 2012
I thought Suzanne Bugler's first novel This Perfect World was superb and was looking forward to seeing what she would come up with next. The Child Inside deals with a very emotive subject; the death of a child, and like her previous novel it is well-written and at times a very compelling read, but for me there was something lacking.

The lead character Rachel is a woman in mourning, not only for her dead child, but also for her dead teenage friend, and also for the death of her marriage. The death of her unborn child and the death of her friend (albeit many years ago) seem so firmly linked together. Rachel seems to view the death of Vanessa all those years ago as a turning point in her life, even though they were not particularly close. Rachel spends much of her time looking back, trying to imagine what life would be like if Vanessa had not died. She also thinks that life in general, her marriage and her relationship to her son Jono would be perfect if only her unborn daughter had not died in the womb.

I found Rachel a very depressing character, although I was sympathetic to her losses, I found her very self-centred and her actions throughout the novel seemed purely to make herself feel better and disregarded anyone else around her.

Despite this, the writing is good and the story is at times quite fascinating. There were times when it dragged a litttle and I found the ending a little unsatisfactory, but I will certainly read her next novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely excellent, dark & compelling 16 Jan 2012
By Sarah
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Another fantastic book by Suzanne Bugler. A tale of how a family can be torn apart by a mother's grief for her stillborn daughter and how she cannot move on from the loss. I could not put it down and read it in 3 days. The only downside was that it had an ending! I would definitely recommend.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another well written novel from Suzanne Bugler 14 Jan 2012
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Unlike Laura in This Perfect World Rachel, the protagonist of The Child Inside, isn't one of the yummy mummy's. Rachel has spent her life on the periphery of everyone else's life wanting to be part of the group but instead had the role of the observer in life.

Giving birth to a still-born daughter ten years previously caused Rachel to draw her husband Andrew and son Jono close to her. Poor Jono has been Rachel and Andrew's sheild against the world and the centre of theirs. Suzanne Bugler's descriptions of the cloying and suffocating result are so realistic it is almost painful and as a reader we observe Jono struggling with growing up and fighting against his parents. Rachel is then drawn back to the past and the death of a friend of a friend who died aged sixteen, following her mother and trying to involve herself in her life. As Rachel's interest in the past increases her marriage disintegrates further. Rachel can't let go of the past but thinks she has found a way to live her life....

As in This Perfect World the author's words bring the scene's to life. Her observations on how cruel, selfish and unkind the human race can be are captured perfectly creating dark and compelling stories. I can't wait for the next one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What would happen if.... 21 Feb 2012
By cath
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This gripping read takes you on the journey of the what ifs... The things you imagine you may do in life but would not due to constraints of decency and privacy. Rachel does the things, approaching a stranger to ask about a deceased childhood friend, when she is shunned she then tracks down Vanessa's brother.

At first her actions seem neurotic, while her husband seems cold and unemotional, as the story goes on we find out more about the characters, and are able to sympathise with each of their failings.

An emotional read which explores the extremes of the human emotions.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently written, moving story
I found this to be a really good read. The Author made me feel all the emotions of the main characters. Read more
Published 9 months ago by C. G. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
I like the books by this author and want to read more from her. They are good easy reading and a book you want to pick up and keep reading
Published 12 months ago by janet thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great novel by Suzanne Bugler
The Child Inside is another great novel by Suzanne Bugler. I am such a huge fan of the author Suzanne Bugler. Read more
Published 13 months ago by ireadnovels
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
Suzanne Bugler has become one of my favourite authors since reading 2 of her books, This Perfect World and this one The Child Inside.. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Trudyblu37
5.0 out of 5 stars Great second book
Great contemporary fiction for adults! So much more than chic lit, yet easy to read and gripping. Buy it now!
Published 19 months ago by Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This book was enjoyable read and I think others would think the same if they was to read this book
Published 19 months ago by Rebecca Cutts
5.0 out of 5 stars The Child Inside
I borrowed this from the library and thought my daughter would enjoy it so purchased this copy for her birthday. It arrived very quickly in perfect condition.
Published 22 months ago by Mrs Jacky Chong
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle book
This was another great read. It was an up to date story which was unusual to say the least. The ending was quite unexpected.
Published on 26 Jun 2012 by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Enjoyed it
Lovely book didnt take very long to read and found it difficult to put it down.
A Traumatic experience leads to a home breakdown.
Will probs be read again.
Published on 18 Jun 2012 by Miss J. Gibson
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I started reading with an open mind and kept reading thinking that there would be more to the story but there wasn't. At the end I said to myself "And? Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2012 by Missy Gee
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